School Board election required by state law

Election 2009

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Despite all three seats being uncontested, the Moffat County School Board election is required by state law to take place Nov. 3.

At the School Board's Aug. 27 meeting, the board passed a resolution to cancel the election if no one came forward to contest districts 2, 4 and 6.

However, right before the Sept. 1 deadline, 19-year-old Lisa Richardson put her name in as a write-in candidate, bringing the election back to life.

Richardson planned to run against Christine Balderston in district 6. Incumbents Sandie Johns and Karen Stillion secured the other two seats unopposed.

On Tuesday, district administrative assistant Vicki Duncan said Richardson had decided to pull out of the race, leaving the district with an election that will cost between $6,000 and $7,000 for printing ballots, judges and other coordination costs.

Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and recorder, said she was hoping to get a provision to cancel the county portion of the election.

However, Colorado's Secretary of State's Office ruled that the election would have to go on, because state law prevents officials from canceling a portion of an election.

"It just means my normal job is on," Herod said. "But, practice makes perfect."

She said it was unfortunate for the School District, which will foot the bill for its portion of the election, though none of the seats are contested.

The only question before voters in the election is about a change in the charter regarding campaign spending limits.

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